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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 336

The featured beer painting is of Winter Ale by Alaskan Brewing Company. An Oude (Old) English ale brewed with spruce tips, this beer is one of my favorite seasonal ales. I have been drinking this strong and sweet beer since I was old enough to buy alcohol legally. I love the purple label with an eagle landing on a Spruce covered in snow. The chances of seeing an eagle landing on a spruce tree in Alaska are very high, especially in Juneau, the brewery’s hometown, and the state’s capital. Juneau has a downhill ski resort called Eagle Crest Ski Area, and I’ve never skied there, but I bet nothing would be better than sipping on Winter Ale after a day of downhill skiing through a spruce tree forest.

I’m relieved that we finally got some snow in Anchorage. It graces the spruce trees like a garland and reflects light, illuminating the surroundings. It may be dark, but as long as the snow has been falling, the moonlight and starlight are magnified enough to create a winter wonderland that makes a northerner feel lucky to call this place home. I love sipping on Alaskan Winter Ale, not only because it’s a family tradition, but also because the sweet aromatic taste of spruce is a taste of the winter forest.

Cheers to Alaskan Winter! My favorite time of year, and a very good beer!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of winter ale by alaskan brewing year of beer paintings scott clendaniel

Year of Beer 12.02. Winter Ale by Alaskan Brewing Company. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 202

The featured beer painting of the day is of 2012 Baltic Porter from Alaskan Brewing Company.  I painted this beer for an Alaskan musher who lives near Denali National Park, Mark Moderow.  He asked me to put his favorite beer in front of his cabin way up north.  It is pictured here in front of his cabin/lodge on the edge of the hot tub, not a bad way to end a day.  This is representational of what it would look like in the winter solstice.  I miss winter.  Summer is awesome, but so harried and crazy.  The midnight sun is a powerful thing and makes everyone a little nuts up here.  Winter is one of my favorite times in Alaska, because people lower their expectations about the intensity of the social/work scene.  I eagerly await the beginning of another long and restful winter!

This Baltic Porter is a deep, dense beer, flavored with cherries and vanilla beans, making this beer nothing like the traditional style of Baltic Porter, which was brewed for export out of England in the 1700’s.  It was brewed stronger than a regular porter, Alaskan Brewing got that right, but it was often wrought with imperfections, masked by the high content of dark roasted grain.  Adding stale beer to the robust, dank strong ale was a way to deal with beer that was shipped overseas.  This beer was not black like the Baltic Porter is normally, but is a dark brown.  This one is rich and enveloping, with a dark tan foam.  It smells boozy and fruity, and the French oak barrels soften the harsh characteristics of so much malt.

I love Alaskan Brewing Company’s Pilot Series, and I am glad Mark ordered and sent me this beer!  Thanks Mark and Alaskan Brewing!  Mush on, and “mash” on, respectively!  Cheers!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 07.21. Baltic Porter by Alaskan Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 24

Today’s Year of Beer painting is of Snowshoe White Belgian Style Wit by Midnight Sun Brewing Company.  The can is shown in the snow in front of a pair of snowshoes, because, unless you are a hare, you will find that getting around in deep snow is tiresome.  If you don’t have any snowshoes, at least grab a Snowshoe White; it will ease the tension as you sink to your hips and wallow around in Alaska snow.  Lets hope for snow like that as we have been having weird winter meltdown in January.  All Alaskans fear rain in the middle of winter; it’s not aesthetically pleasing and increases danger on the roads, parking lots and trails due to super slippery freezing ground ice!  I love a good witbeir in a can.  Reminds me of a couple of favorites I was drinking while bike touring across Holland.  Maybe I can include some of them in this series if I can get my hands on them.

“We Can Be Green” ~ MSBC motto

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Year of Beer 01.24 Showshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.24 Showshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Visit to Eagle River Nature Trail

Alaska winter oil painting

This painting was done on April 5th, 2010 along the frozen Eagle River in Alaska.  Only fifteen minutes away from Anchorage, Eagle River is an interesting little place to spend the day.  Especially if you head up the mountain valley to the Eagle River nature center.  I decided to take a break from the humdrum bore of the town and headed out on an adventure to do a little plein air painting, even though it was pretty cloudy and bleak outside, it was above freezing allowing me to actually work outside! I hope you enjoy this little painting.